Thursday, November 30, 2017

NHL trade review: Rangers, Habs make swap

             The New York Rangers have acquired forward Peter Holland from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Adam Cracknell.

             Both players were in the AHL at the time of this trade... and still are. I guess both teams just like the other player more, so that's why I'm not including a paragraph for why both teams made the trade.

            Holland, 26, hasn't played in the NHL this year, and actually never suited up for the Habs. In his NHL career for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Arizona Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks, Holland has scored 35 goals and 46 assists for 81 points in 243 games.

           Cracknell, 32, has no points in five games for the Rangers and Dallas Stars this year. In his NHL career for the Rangers, Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues, Cracknell has scored 21 goals and 22 assists for 43 points in 208 games.

           I think the Rangers win this trade. Holland is six years younger, and has had the better career via the stats. That's why they win.

MLB trade review: Angels acquire Johnson

           The Los Angeles Angels have acquired RHP and former closer Jim Johnson, plus international signing bonus pool money from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for LHP Justin Kelly.

          Johnson isn't the best reliever, but he can eat up innings, especially with Yusmeiro Petit, Huston Street and Jesse Chavez gone. Also, the international signing bonus pool money is about $1.1 million. They'll use that to go after Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani.

           Johnson, 34, had a 5.56 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 22 saves and 61 strikeouts in 56.2 innings in 2017. In his MLB career for the Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers, Johnson has a 3.79 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 176 saves and 486 strikeouts in 641.1 innings.

          Looking at Johnson's 2017 numbers, they were horrible. This is pretty much a dump off.

         Kelly, 24, had a 3.53 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 57 strikeouts in 63.2 innings in many different leagues in 2017. In his minor league career, Kelly has a 4.59 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 90 strikeouts in 100 innings.

         I think the Angels win this trade. Johnson isn't a good major leaguer, but at least he is a major leaguer. Plus, the international signing bonus shows the that the Braves don't want Ohtani, and were willing to sacrifice that to dump Johnson.

MLB trade review: D-Backs acquire Boxberger

             The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired RHP (reliever) Brad Boxberger from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for RHP Curtis Taylor.

             The D-Backs need a reliever. They got one in Boxberger, but there is still work to do. Boxberger is often injured, and they'll need him to be at his pre-2016 form. They don't give up much in Taylor.

             Boxberger, 29, had a 3.38 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 29.1 innings in 2017. In his MLB career for the Rays and San Diego Padres, Boxberger has a 3.19 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 44 saves and 297 strikeouts in 231 innings.

             For the Rays, they get some value out of Boxberger, who most likely would have been non-tendered. Taylor is a young pitcher, and can be a fringe major leaguer.

           Taylor, 21, has never played in the majors. He had a 3.32 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 68 strikeouts in 62.1 innings in 2017 for A ball. In his minor league career, Taylor has a 3.09 ERA, a WHIP of 1.22 and 91 strikeouts in 78.2 innings.

           I think the D-Backs win this deal. They get a major leaguer for a minor leaguer. Enough said.

NHL trade review: Ducks acquire Henrique, Devils get Vatanen in monster deal

                  We have our second blockbuster trade of the 2017-18 season, including the Anaheim Ducks and New Jersey Devils. The Ducks acquired forwards Adam Henrique and Joseph Blandisi and a 2018 3rd round pick for defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional 3rd.

                  For the Ducks, they have many defensemen in Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson that can make an impact for multiple years. They can afford losing Vatanen, especially when this is the reward. With Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler and Rickard Rakell, it seems strange acquiring another center, but Getzlaf is out for a while, and someone could move to the wing. Blandisi is also a solid depth player.

                 Henrique, 27, has four goals and 10 assists for 14 points in 24 games this year. In his NHL career, all for the Devils, Henrique has scored 122 goals and 135 assists for 257 points in 455 games.

                Blandisi, 23, hasn't played in the NHL this year. In his two year career, all in New Jersey, Blandisi has scored eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points in 68 games.

               For the Devils, they need a defenseman, and a young one too. Damon Severson is fine, but Adam Larsson was their big d-man before they got a bargain for Taylor Hall and dealt
Larsson to Edmonton. Vatanen is probably better than pre-trade Larsson, and Larsson currently. Plus, it cost them way less then Hall.

             Vatanen, 26, has scored one goal and three assists for four points in 15 games this year. In his NHL career, all in Anaheim, Vatanen has scored 33 goals and 93 assists for 126 points in 280 games.

             I think this is an even trade. Both teams got what they need and wanted, and didn't give up too significant of a prize. That's why everyone wins.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

MLB news: Athletics sign Petit

            The Oakland Athletics have signed RHP (reliever) Yusmeiro Petit to a two year, $10 million deal, pending physical.

             Petit is a nice veteran arm for the A's pen, which has been deflated since Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle were traded to kick off the trade deadline frenzy. Blake Treinen and Santiago Castilla are their best two relievers. Woof. Petit has two very interesting records (no, he did not get a bat and start hitting people with it like something from Happy Gillmore: Baseball Edition or something) on his resume. The first one is that with the San Francisco Giants in 2014, Petit retired 46 consecutive batters, a record (no perfect game, he's a reliever). The other record is that he is the only player to win a little league world series and an MLB world series (only Mets outfielder Michael Conforto and free agent starter Lance Lynn are the only other ones to even make both finals). The deal is nice and cheap, which honestly could be a bargain considering his numbers.

               Petit, 33, had a 2.76 ERA, .95 WHIP and 101 strikeouts in 91.1 innings for the Los Angeles Angels in 2017. In his MLB career for the Angels, Giants, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks and Florida Marlins, Petit has a 4.31 ERA with a WHIP of 1.23 and 566 strikeouts in 628.1 innings.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

MLB news: Fister, Iwakuma sign

          We finally have a signing in the MLB. Matter-of-fact, we have TWO signings. But, they both are sorta minor, unless you are a baseball junkie like me. The two signings are that RHP (starter) Doug Fister, formerly on the Boston Red Sox, joining with the Texas Rangers, and RHP (starter) Hisashi Iwakuma signing a minor league deal with his 2017 team, the Seattle Mariners.

          Here are the details on Fister's deal. It's a one year deal, with $4 million guaranteed. Plus, there is a $7 million club option for 2019. Both years have incentives included. Now, onto the part why the Rangers went after him.

          The Rangers desperately need starters. They traded current free agent Yu Darvish at the deadline, leaving them with Cole Hamels as their best starter, and the only one who's decent. Fister is a solid 3-5 starter. They still need a number two. I could see them going after a Jeremy Hellickson, C.C. Sabathia or re-signing Andrew Cashner or Miguel Gonzalez for starting depth. Or, try to get Darvish back. It's a nice, cheap deal.

           Fister, 33, had a 4.88 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 83 strikeouts in 90.1 innings for the Sox in 2017. In his MLB career for the Red Sox, Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners, Fister has a 3.68 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 930 strikeouts in 1356.1 innings.

           For Iwakuma, the only reason I think he'd agree to this is because he loved Seattle. He could get a better deal elsewhere. Also since he's old, and has injury history, he was worried he'd be left unsigned.

          Iwakuma, 36, had a 4.35 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in just 31 innings in 2017. In his MLB career, all in Seattle, Iwakuma has an ERA of 3.42, with a 1.14 WHIP and 714 strikeouts in 883.2 innings.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

MLB news: Tigers, Hardy avoid arbitration

         The Detroit Tigers have signed LHP Blaine Hardy to a one year deal, avoiding arbitration. The financial details have not been announced.

         Hardy is one of the few left-handed relievers (full-time relievers that is, since Matt Boyd is also a starter) on the Tigers 40-man roster, even though they just added to that with the signing of Ryan Carpenter. His 2017 wasn't pretty, but he'll look to rebound in 2018. He's been pretty good in his career except in 2017. A one year deal isn't bad for anyone.

       Hardy, 30, had a 5.94 ERA, a WHIP of 1.77 and 28 strikeouts in 33.1 innings in 2017. In his four year MLB career, all in Detroit, Hardy has an ERA of  3.62, a 1.46 WHIP and 134 strikeouts in 159.1 innings.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

NHL trade review: Kings acquire Mitchell

            The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Torrey Mitchell from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional 5th round draft pick in 2018. The condition, per Cap Friendly is that if L.A. makes the playoffs, the Canadiens will receive the 4th round pick they traded to the Kings for Dwight King last trade deadline.

            For the Kings, they seem to not be afraid to make early season trades. They already dealt Mike Cammalieri to the Oilers for Jussi Jokinen. They've been looking for centers since Jeff Carter went down with an injury. Marian Gaborik has had injury history, and Alex Iafallo, Michael Amadio and Brooks Laich might not produce, especially since Iafallo and Amadio are rookies. Mitchell is a solid 4th liner.

           Mitchell, 32, has no points in 11 games this season. In his NHL career for the Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks, Mitchell has scored 61 goals and 80 assists for 141 points in 617 games.

           For the Habs, they have a lot of players on their roster, and solid players like Dan Carr vying for a call-up in the AHL. A trade was bound to come. Trading Mitchell doesn't hurt them.

          This is an even trade. The Habs don't need Mitchell, and the Kings don't need the pick. That's why it's an even deal.

NHL news: Lack, Megna, DiDomenico on waivers

            Today, three players went on waivers in the NHL, and honestly, we'll see why they are on waivers in a second. Those three players are the Calgary Flames' G Eddie Lack, Ottawa Senators' F Chris DiDomenico, and Anaheim Ducks' D Jaycob Megna.

            Lack, the most surprising name on this list, makes his appearances less surprising with a single look at his stats. The goalie was traded from the Carolina Hurricanes along with Ryan Murphy for a prospect (Along with some picks going both ways) to be the Flames backup. But, that hasn't worked so far. The only goalie on the Flames roster currently is starter Mike Smith. Prospect Jon Gillies will most likely get the call.

          Lack, 29, has a .813 SV% and a 5.29 GAA in four games for the Flames this year. In his NHL career for the Flames, Canes and Vancouver Canucks, Lack has a GAA of 2.60 and a SV% of .909 in 140 games.

          DiDomenico was an extra forward for the Sens, but after they claimed forward Gabriel Dumont from the Tampa Bay Lightning, they needed to send someone down, or make a trade. Waiving DiDomenico was probably the right move, though he hasn't been so bad this year.

          DiDomenico, 28, has three goals and three assists for six points in 12 games this year. In his NHL career, all for the Sens, DiDomenico has scored those three goals and assists for six points in 15 games.

         Megna is also not a surprise to be on this list. The Ducks had nine defensemen before waiving Megna. That's too many. Megna is the least likely to be claimed out of the nine.

        Megna, 24, has one point, an assist, in 11 games this year. In his NHL career, all for the Ducks, Megna has that one assist in 12 games.

Monday, November 20, 2017

MLB news: Pair of trades occur with looming Rule 5 draft

             With the Rule 5 draft looming, there was a bunch of mini trades to open up 40 man roster spots for Rule 5 eligible prospects. In this article, I'll just go over two trades. In the first one, the Miami Marlins acquired 1B Garrett Cooper and LHP Caleb Smith from the New York Yankees for RHP Michael King and international signing pool bonus money. In the second one, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired INF Gift Ngoepe from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a PTNBL or cash.

            In the first trade, the Yankees for able to unload two roster spots. After trading Nick Rumbelow and Ronald Herrera recently, the Yanks wanted to unload one more spot, so Gleyber Torres, Domingo Acevedo, Billy McKinney, Thairo Estrada and Albert Abreu can be put on the 40-man. They unloaded two spots, so that meant that Jonathan Loaisiga was protected. They acquired the money that can be used to acquire Japanese sensation Shohei Otani.

          The Marlins acquired two roster players/minor leaguers. The play solid backup roles, and could be helpful in the future.

          Cooper, 26, made his MLB debut for the Yankees in 2017, and hit .326 with no homers and six RBIs in 45 Plate Appearances.

          Smith, also 26, also made his MLB debut for the Yanks in 2017, with a 7.71 ERA and a WHIP of 1.66 and 18 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.

        In the second trade, the Pirates were able to free up a spot, and the Jays got Ngoepe, who made headlines as the first MLBer to be born in the continent of Africa. Ngoepe is also a solid backup infielder that can replace Rob Refsnyder, who was claimed off waivers by Cleveland.

       Ngoepe, 27, made his MLB debut in Pittsburgh in 2017, with a .222 batting average, no homers and six RBIs in 54 Plate Appearances.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

MLB trade review: Mariners acquire Healy

               The Seattle Mariners have acquired corner infielder Ryon Healy from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Emilio Pagan and INF Alex Campos.

               The Mariners have been looking for a 1B, since their 1Bs last year, Danny Valencia and Yonder Alonso (who are both former A's themselves) are free agents. Healy is just 25, so the M's will have him for lots of years. It's a really good deal for them, and his rookie season stats will show that.

               Healy, 25, hit 25 homers, 78 RBIs, and had a batting average of .271 in 605 Plate Appearances this year. In his two year MLB career, both for Oakland, Healy has a .282 batting average, 38 homers and 115 RBIs in 888 Plate Appearances.

             I still am having trouble processing why the A's made this trade. Campos was ranked as their 15th best prospect. Another infielder, Chris Torres, is their 7th best prospect and would make more sense for Oakland. But with prospects up the middle like Jorge Mateo and Frankie Barreto, they probably should've targeted another prospect with a different position. Pagan is also young at 26, and can become a solid bullpen arm for Oakland in 2018. With fellow rookies Matt Olsen and Matt Chapman, the other corner infielders, coming off great seasons, Healy was being shopped. But, I doubted a trade would actually be made. I think this shows the full-on rebuild the A's are in.

              Pagan, 26, made his MLB debut in 2017, with a 3.22 ERA, 56 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.934.

             Campos, 18, played in the Dominican Summer league this past year. He had a .290 batting average, two homers, 26 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 254 Plate Appearances.

             I clearly think that the Mariners win this trade. They get a young slugger for a very young prospect who we have no idea what he'll turn out to be, and a young reliever yet to show more than a middle relief talent.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

NHL trade review: Oilers, Kings swap Cammallieri and Jokinen

             The Edmonton Oilers have acquired forward Michael Cammallieri from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Jussi Jokinen.

             Both Cammallieri and Jokinen are older players, Cammallieri being 35 and Jokinen 34. They were signed to cheap one year deals in the offseason, and were trade candidates this season, and now have been traded. It's not much of a difference between the two, so it's an even trade. Cammallieri might be slightly better, but also has a slightly smaller contract (he is getting paid $1 million, with Jokinen being paid $1.1 million) .

             Cammallieri, 35, has scored three goals and four assists for seven points in 15 games for the Kings this season. In his long NHL career for the Kings, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens, Cammallieri has scored 290 goals and 330 assists for 620 points in 855 games.

            Jokinen, 34, has scored one point, an assist, in 14 games this season. In his NHL career for the Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning, Jokinen has scored 186 goals and 361 assists for 547 points in 905 games.

NHL trade review: Lightning acquire Domingue

             The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goalie Louis Domingue from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for goalie Michael Leighton and forward Tye McGinn.

             Off to a bad start, Domingue was waived by the Coyotes. He will likely stay in the AHL with the Lightning. But, he's better than Leighton. If either Andrei Vasilevskiy or Peter Budaj go down, Domingue will be the backup. The price wasn't high, and they got a discount.

              Domingue, 25, has a 4.33 GAA and .856 SV% in seven games in the desert this season. In his NHL career, all for the Coyotes, Domingue has a GAA of 3.00 and a .906 SV%.

             The Coyotes don't need Domingue. They already have Antti Raanta, Scott Wedgewood and Adin Hill. Leighton will just add depth in the AHL to go along with Hill. McGinn, brother of other NHLers Jamie (Florida) and Brock (Carolina) is a solid bottom six forward. He has also had a short stint in Arizona in 2014-15, so he knows some of the team.

             McGinn, 27, hasn't played in the NHL this season. In his NHL career for the Lightning, Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers, McGinn has scored nine goals and eight assists for 17 points in 89 games.

             Leighton, 36, also hasn't played in the league at all in 2017-18. In his NHL career for the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Flyers and Nashville Predators, Leighton has a .900 SV%  and a GAA of 2.98.

              This is an even trade. Both teams trade away useless assets, and get depth for them. If I had to choose a winner, I'd say Tampa Bay won. It's simple Domingue>Leighton, and McGinn doesn't fill the gap between them.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Presenting your MLB free agent class of 2017/18

              The next two months are going to be wild. We'll have lots of free agents signing. Here is a list of all the free agents, by position. Note: players that play multiple positions will be on multiple lists.


               Jonathan Lucroy, 32
               Welington Castillo, 31
               Alex Avila, 31
               Nick Hundley, 34
               Chris Iannetta, 35
               Miguel Montero, 34
               Carlos Ruiz, 39
               Hector Sanchez, 28
               A.J. Ellis, 37
               Geovany Soto, 35
               Rene Rivera, 34
               Jose Lobaton, 33
               Chris Stewart, 36
               Raffy Lopez, 30

               First basemen:
               Eric Hosmer, 28
               Carlos Santana, 31
               Lucas Duda, 32
               Logan Morrison, 30
               Yonder Alonso, 31
               Mitch Moreland, 32
               Danny Valencia, 33
               Mike Napoli, 36
               Mark Reynolds, 34
               Adam Lind, 34
               John Jaso, 34
               Chris Carter, 31
               Tyler Moore, 31
               Efren Navarro, 32
               Second basemen:

               Neil Walker, 32
               Brandon Phillips, 37
               Howie Kendrick, 34
               Andres Blanco, 34
               Chase Utley, 39
               Danny Espinosa, 31
               Nick Franklin, 27
               Jose Reyes, 35
               Josh Rutledge, 29
               Cliff Pennington, 34
               Darwin Barney, 32
               Ryan Flaherty, 31
               Christian Colon, 29
               Arismendy Alcantara, 26
               Phil Gosselin, 29

              Zack Cozart, 32
              Eduardo Nunez, 31
              Alcides Escobar, 31
              J.J. Hardy, 35
              Erick Aybar, 34
              Adam Rosales, 35
              Alexi Amarista, 29
              Jose Reyes, 35
              Stephen Drew, 35
              Ruben Tejada, 28
              Chase d'Arnaud, 31
              Dusty Coleman, 31
              Pedro Florimon, 31

              Third basemen:

              Mike Moustakas, 29
              Todd Frazier, 32
              Eduardo Nunez, 31
              Brandon Phillips, 37
              Yunel Escobar, 35
              Trevor Plouffe, 32
              Jhonny Peralta, 36
              Cliff Pennington, 34
              Darwin Barney, 32
              Jose Reyes, 35
              Josh Rutledge, 29
              Conor Gillaspie, 30

              Left fielders:

              Melky Cabrera, 33
              Cameron Maybin, 31
              Jarrod Dyson, 33
              Eduardo Nunez, 31
              Jayson Werth, 39
              Curtis Granderson, 37
              Jon Jay, 33
              Rajai Davis, 37
              Howie Kendrick, 34
              Austin Jackson, 31
              Ben Revere, 30
              Michael Saunders, 31
              Colby Rasmus, 31
              Hyun-Soo Kim, 30
              Adam Lind, 34
              Chris Young, 34
              Nori Aoki, 36
              Andre Eithier, 34
              Franklin Gutierrez, 35
              Peter Bourjos, 31
              Craig Gentry, 34
              Cody Asche, 28
              Chris Heisey, 33
              Tyler Collins, 28
              Daniel Nava, 35
              Eric Young Jr., 33
              Alex Presley, 32
              Ah-seop Son, 30
              Jared Hoying, 29
              Jim Adduci, 33
              Center fielders:

              Lorenzo Cain, 32
              Carlos Gomez, 32
              Jarrod Dyson, 33
              Cameron Maybin, 31
              Jon Jay, 33
              Austin Jackson, 31
              Rajai Davis, 37
              Peter Bourjos, 31
              Tyler Collins, 28
              Alex Presley, 32
              Jared Hoying, 29
              Jaff Decker, 28
              Pedro Florimon, 31

              Right fielders:

              J.D. Martinez, 30
              Jay Bruce, 31
              Carlos Gonzalez, 32
              Jose Bautista, 37
              Melky Cabrera, 33
              Seth Smith, 35
              Jayson Werth, 39
              Curtis Granderson, 37
              Jon Jay, 33
              Austin Jackson, 31
              Michael Saunders, 31
              Nori Aoki, 36
              John Jaso, 34
              Ichiro Suzuki, 44
              Craig Gentry, 34
              Tyler Collins, 28
              Alex Presley, 32
              Ah-seop Son, 30
              Jim Adduci, 33

              Designated hitters (since anyone can be one, I'm just putting the guys who primarily play the position):

              Carlos Santana, 32
              Carlos Beltran, 40 (though he'll likely retire)
              Jose Bautista, 37
              Logan Morrison, 30
              Matt Holliday, 38
              Mike Napoli, 36
              Chris Carter, 31

              Right-handed starting pitchers (It's a long one):

              Jake Arrieta, 32
              Yu Darvish, 31
              Shohei Otani, 23
              Alex Cobb, 30
              Lance Lynn, 31
              Hisashi Iwakuma, 37
              John Lackey, 39
              Jeremy Hellickson, 31
              Tyler Chatwood, 28
              Andrew Cashner, 31
              Tyson Ross, 31
              Yovani Gallardo, 32
              Jhoulys Chacin, 32
              Michael Pineda, 29
              Trevor Cahill, 30
              Chris Tillman, 30
              Ubaldo Jimenez, 34
              Doug Fister, 34
              Scott Feldman, 35
              Jordan Lyles, 27
              R.A. Dickey, 43
              Bartolo Colon, 45
              Clay Buchholz, 33
              Miguel Gonzalez, 34
              Drew Hutchison, 27
              Ricky Nolasco, 35
              Wily Peralta, 29
              Anibal Sanchez, 34
              Jesse Chavez, 34
              Dillon Gee, 32
              Miles Mikolas, 29
              Matt Garza, 34
              Chris Young, 39
              Hideaki Wakui, 32
              Asher Wojciechowski
              Mike Bolsinger, 30
              Christian Bergman, 30
              Jacob Turner, 27
              Chris Smith, 37

              Left-handed starters:

              Jaime Garcia, 31
              C.C. Sabthia, 37
              Jason Vargas, 35
              Brett Anderson, 30
              Francisco Liriano, 34
              Wade Miley, 31
              Hector Santiago, 30
              Derek Holland, 31
              Jeff Locke, 30
              David Holmberg, 26

              Right handed relievers (even longer than the starter's list):

              Wade Davis, 32
              Greg Holland, 32
              Brandon Kintzler, 33
              Pat Neshek, 37
              Brandon Morrow, 33
              Addison Reed, 29
              Joe Smith, 34
              Seung-Hwan Oh, 35
              Luke Gregerson, 34
              Bryan Shaw, 30
              Anthony Swarzak, 32
              Koji Uehara, 43
              Tyler Clippard, 33
              Steve Cishek, 32
              Joaquin Benoit, 40
              Trevor Cahill, 30
              Sergio Romo, 35
              Huston Street, 34
              Yusmeiro Petit, 33
              Juan Nicasio, 31
              Bud Norris, 33
              Jeanmar Gomez, 30
              Neftali Feliz, 30
              Jason Grilli, 41
              Fernando Rodney, 41
              Francisco Rodriguez, 36
              Tommy Hunter, 31
              David Hernandez, 33
              Trevor Rosenthal, 28
              Tom Wilhelmsen, 34
              Jason Motte, 36
              Jesse Chavez, 34
              Matt Belisle, 38
              Matt Albers, 35
              Blaine Boyer, 36
              Austin Bibens-Dirkx, 33
              Josh Collmenter, 32
              John Axford, 35
              Jumbo Diaz, 34
              Fernando Salas, 33
              Drew Storen, 30
              Craig Stammen, 34
              Carlos Torres, 35
              Rob Scahill, 31
              Chris Young, 39
              Chad Qualls, 39
              Tyler Pill, 28
              Deolis Guerra, 29
              Yoshihisa Hirano, 34
              Dillon Gee, 32
              Tony Barnette, 34
              Christian Bergman, 30
              Mike Bolsinger, 30
              Asher Wojciechowski, 29
              Paolo Espino, 31
              Casey Lawrence, 30
              Chris Martin, 32
              Peter Moylan, 39
              Dustin McGowan, 36

              Left-handed relievers:

              Mike Minor, 30
              Jake McGee, 31
              Tony Watson, 32
              Kevin Siegrist, 28
              Boone Logan, 33
              Francisco Liriano, 34
              Craig Breslow, 37
              Jorge De La Rosa, 37
              Glen Perkins, 35
              Oliver Perez, 36
              Fernando Abad, 32
              Brian Duensing, 35
              Zach Duke, 35
              Eric O'Flaherty, 33
              Josh Edgin, 31
              Ian Krol, 27
              David Holmberg, 26

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Predicting where the 2017 MLB free agent class will sign

                  It's free agent time! That means it is time for lots of players to switch teams. There will be some trades, but the main focus are on the free agents. They can sign wherever they want, and get some money. I did one of these posts a year ago, and did pretty well. I predicted two thirds of the players right, or 66.6666666...%. Or, you can say I got six out of nine right. Now that math class is over, here's a link to that article.

                  Jake Arrieta, RHP

                My prediction: St. Louis Cardinals.
            Though his ERA has risen each year since his Cy Young season of 2015, The 31 year old is still an ace. He had an ERA of 3.53 plus 163 strikeouts in 168.1 innings. Since joining the Cubs midway through the 2013 season, Arrieta has a 2.73 ERA, and 793 strikeouts in 803 innings. Arrieta is from Farmington, Missouri. That's not that far away from St. Louis. The Cardinals also would like a frontline starter. Adam Wainwright is falling off track, Michael Wacha is at best a number two or number three, and Carlos Martinez isn't a number one yet for a contender. Arrieta makes sense for them. 

                   Yu Darvish, RHP

                   My prediction: Cubs

                    Darvish, 31, struggled with the Rangers at the start of the season, but pitched better after a trade to the Dodgers. In all, he had a 3.86 ERA and 209 strikeouts in 186.2 innings. Darvish has some injury history to him, but his career 3.42 ERA is better than Arrieta's.

                    Other possible locations: Dodgers, Rangers, Cardinals, Orioles.

                     With Arrieta leaving, the Cubs might look to replace Arrieta. But, with Jon Lester, Jose Quintana and Kyle Hendricks, they might just sign a bottom of the rotation pitcher.

                       Eric Hosmer, 1B

                       My prediction: Royals.

                       "Hoz" is coming of a career season. He had a .318 batting average (career high), plus 25 homers (tied a career high) and 94 RBIs (second most in career). He's averaged 679 Plate Appearances a season in his seven year career. The Royals have many pending free agents you'll see on this list. I think Hosmer is the only one they'll be able to sign.

                        Mike Moustakas, 3B

                        My predictions: Mets.

                        Moose is coming off a season where he broke the Royals record for homers in a season with 38. The 29 year old is a favorite for comeback player of the year, after he missed all but 27 games in 2016. Not many teams need 3B, but the Mets are one. David Wright probably won't play in 2018, and Asdrubal Cabrera will most likely be traded at some point.

                          Lorenzo Cain, OF

                           My prediction: Giants.

                          Cain is a five tool player. One of the best CFs is always robbed of the gold glove due to the brilliance of Kevin Kiermaier. He can get over $100 million. The Giants currently have the oft-injured Denard Span in center. The 33 year old will fill the hole in LF if they sign Cain.

                           Wade Davis, RHP

                            My prediction: Angels.

                            This one came close between three teams, all that need a closer. It was the Angels, Cardinals and Diamondbacks. Even though the Angels are absorbing the contract of Justin Upton, the Cardinals wouldn't have enough money to sign Davis and Arrieta in one offseason, and the D-Backs have the contract of Zack Greinke, which is lot more than Upton's. Anyway, injuries led to the Angels having Blake Parker, Bud Norris and others be closers at different points. They need a guy like Davis.

                            Greg Holland, RHP 
                             My prediction: Rockies

                             Holland returned to the MLB in style, with a league leading 41 saves. He opted out of his deal, but I think he'll remain with the Rockies,  who need a reliever with Holland and Pat Neshek being free agents.

                             Carlos Santana, 1B

                             My prediction: Indians.

                             The two teams with the biggest 1B need, the Mariners and Cardinals, will probably go after smaller names like Yonder Alonso, Mitch Moreland and Lucas Duda. That's why I think we'll see a reunion between the Indians, and the five time 20 home run hitter.

                             Alex Cobb, RHP

                             My prediction: Rangers.

                             They need a starter. Besides Cole Hamels, the Rangers staff isn't very pretty. The veteran right-hander makes sense for them.

                              Lance Lynn, RHP

                              My prediction: Orioles.

                              Cobb could go to the Orioles, and Lynn could go to the Rangers. They are pretty similar. But, I predict this order will happen. The Orioles have only two starters: Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy. Make it three now.

                               Jonathan Lucroy, C

                               My prediction: Diamondbacks.

                                Jeff Mathis and Chris Ianetta (who is currently a free agent) were the Diamondbacks' catchers in 2017. Lucroy is a veteran power catcher, something very rare to find.I think the D-backs will sign him.

                                Zack Cozart, SS

                                My prediction: Royals.

                                Cozart will replace Alcides Escobar. Coming off a career year, Cozart is the best SS out on the market. Watch for him in free agency.

                                 J.D. Martinez, OF

                                 My prediction: Red Sox.

                                 The Red Sox need a power hitter after David Ortiz's retirement. Martinez would be the perfect DH at Fenway. His 45 homers in 2017 show that he's capable of being a big-time power hitter.

                                  Jay Bruce, OF

                                  My prediction: Rockies.

                                  Imagine Bruce in hitter friendly Coors Field. He can explode with another 30 homer season, and if he keeps up his pace in Cleveland, he can break 40!

                                  Carlos Gonzalez, OF

                                  My prediction: Reds.

                                  I think he'll sign a one year deal with a mutual option. "Cargo" is still a solid player, and can hit 20 bombs if he's healthy.

                                  Brandon Kintzler, RHP

                                  My prediction: Twins.

                                  After being traded from the Twins to the Nats, Kintzler blossomed even more. With the Twins needing  closer, we'll see a reunion here.

                                   That's it for my predictions. If you guys want my to predict more free agents' destinations, then tweet my @Carterhudblog, and I may do a part 2. But for now, see ya!

Friday, November 10, 2017

NHL trade review: Stars, Panthers make minor swap

            The Dallas Stars have acquired defenseman Reece Scarlett from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Ludwig Bystrom.

             The trade is very even. Both aren't extremely young, but still are young. Bystrom is 23 and Scarlett is 24. I think Scarlett has more upside, but that's just my opinion. The trade is simply just a deal where the GMs like the other player more. Bystrom wasn't getting much playing time in the AHL so it's good that he'll be getting a change of scenery. Also, both players have no NHL experience.

             Bystrom has scored one point, a goal in six games for the Texas Stars (AHL) this year.

             Scarlett has now been traded twice in 2017. The other trade going from the New Jersey Devils to the Panthers for Shane Harper last trade deadline. He has scored two points, a goal and an assist in 12 games for the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL) this year.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

NHL trade review: Avs, Sens, Preds pull off blockbuster deal

            The Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche have pulled off a blockbuster deal that included six players and three draft picks. There is so many assets, here's the easiest and most understandable way to recap the trade.

To Senators: C Matt Duchene (from Avalanche)

To Predators: C Kyle Turris (from Senators)

To Avalanche: D Samuel Girard, F Vladislav Kamenev and 2nd round pick, (all from Nashville) plus forward Shane Bowers, goalie Andrew Hammond, 1st and 3rd round picks (from Ottawa)

            The Sens got Duchene, but gave up Turris, Bowers (who was a first round pick this past draft), Hammond, a depth goalie, plus two picks. Turris isn't that far below Duchene, and all other players aren't really filling that small gap between Duchene and Turris evenly. I think the Sens got the worst deal out of the three teams.

             Duchene, 26, has scored four goals and six assists for 10 points in 13 games this season. In his NHL career, all in Colorado, Duchene has scored 178 goals and 250 assists for 428 points in 585 games.

              The Preds got the second best part of the trade, only because how much the Avs got. Kamenev and Girard are decent prospects, but they didn't give up Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm or Dante Fabbro, so that's a win.

              Turris, 28, has scored three goals and six assists for nine points in 11 games for the Sens. In his NHL career for the Sens and Phoenix Coyotes, Turris has scored 320 points (136 goals and 184 assists) in 544 games.

             The Avs clearly won the deal. They got three picks and four players just for Matt Duchene. Duchene is no superstar, he's only a star. They got way too much, but that's good for them. Girard and Kamenev are NHL ready, while Bowers has his time to grow. Hammond will be their third goalie if either Semyon Varlamov or Jonathan Bernier go down.

             Girard, 19, made his NHL debut this year for the Preds, scoring a goal and two assists for three points in five games.

             Kamenev, 21, made his NHL debut last year, scoring no points in two games. He hasn't played in the NHL this year.

             Bowers, 18, was drafted 28th overall this past draft. He's scored four goals and two assists for six points in 10 games for Boston University this year.

             Hammond, 29, hasn't played in the league this year. The "Hamburglar" has a career GAA of 2.31, and a .923 SV% in 55 games, all in Ottawa.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

MLB news: Mariners claim Romine

            The Seattle Mariners have claimed utility player Andrew Romine off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.

             Romine was waived to create a 40 man roster spot for the Rule 5 eligible guys. He made history in September by playing all 9 positions in a single game. He was picked up by Seattle for his ability to play every position but pitcher and catcher. I'm not surprised that Jerry Dipoto made that move.

            Romine, 31, hit four homers, 25 RBIs and stole six bases, plus a .233 batting average in 348 Plate Appearances this year. In his eight year MLB career for the Tigers and Los Angeles Angels, Romine has a batting average of .238 with 10 homers, 79 RBIs and 39 stolen bases in 1192 Plate Appearances.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NHL news: Streit retires

            First of all, I know this is late, but I still wanted to make this post, so... I am.

            On Monday, defenseman Mark Streit retired from professional hockey. He last played for the Montreal Canadiens in 2017-18 with two scoreless games. The 39 year-old, who is turning 40 in December became the first NHL team captain from Switzerland in 2011, when the New York Islanders turned him into one.

             In the 2004 NHL draft, Streit was drafted 262nd overall by the Canadiens at the age of 26, something that is now impossible. Streit played his first three years with Montreal, scoring 25 goals and 84 assists for 109 points in 205 games.

             In 2008, Streit signed a five year, $20 million deal with the Islanders. This made him the 2nd highest paid Swiss athlete, behind tennis superstar Roger Federer. Streit brought veteran presence to a lowly Islanders team. In 2011, they named him captain before the 2011-12 season. He remained captain until the end of his deal. His rights were traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Shane Harper and a 4th round pick. He scored 40 goals and 139 assists for 179 points in 286 games on the Island.

              Streit later signed in Philly on a four year, $21 million deal.He played 3 and 1/2 seasons there, with 30 goals and 110 assists for 140 points in 274 games. He was then traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Valtteri Filppula, a 4th round pick and a 7th round pick. But, he was instantly flipped to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 4th round pick. Later in the year, Streit won his only Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh. He scored one goal and five assists for six points in 19 games there.

               Streit signed a one year, $700,000 deal to return to the Canadiens, but he was waived, and retired then.

               In total, Streit scored 96 goals and 338 assists for 434 points in 786 games for the Canadiens, Islanders, Flyers and Penguins.

NHL news: Backes out for about two months

               Boston Bruins center and right wing David Backes will miss about eight weeks with after undergoing colon surgery.

                Backes, 33, returned to the lineup two weeks ago after being sidelined for the start of 2017-18 with an acute case of diverticulitis, an often painful inflammation of the digestive track. Dr. David Finn said that an infection caused surgery to be necessary.

                 The injury will definitely hurt the Bruins, especially with Ryan Spooner and David Krejci banged up to start the year. Also, Backes, a power-forward, brings a unique skill of being able to play center and wing effectively. He also can score, and fight.

                 Backes, 33, has scored one point, an assist, in five games this season. In his NHL career for the Bruins and St. Louis Blues (where he was a captain for some time), Backes has scored 223 goals and 276 assists for exactly 499 points (so he'll have a milestone marker to achieve when he returns) in 806 games.

                 As a corresponding move, forward Jordan Szwarz was recalled from Providence (AHL).

                 Szwarz, 26, has played in 35 career NHL games in 2013-14 and 2014-15 for the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes, scoring four points, all goals.